No election trouble spots in E. Visayas

By Marie Tonette Grace Marticio 

TACLOBAN CITY – The Commis­sion on Elections (Comelec) said it has not identified any election hot spot in Eastern Visayas.

Jose Nick Mendros, Comelec regional director, said there are only 70 of the 4,390 barangays in the region were identified as areas of concern because of possible intense political rivalry and the presence of private armed groups and the commu­nist New People’s Army (NPA).

Mendros said most of the barangays are in Northern Samar which has 21 areas of concern, and Samar with 22.

He said that with the support of the police and the military, the num­ber of areas of concern will no longer increase.

He reminded law enforcers to strictly follow the conduct of check­points, create an election security plan for every municipality and enforce the Comelec gun ban.

“We asked for their commitment to participate and ensure that the elec­tions on this part of the country will be peaceful,” he said.

Comelec has reshuffled provincial election officers ahead of the May polls.